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Pump house revamp expected to open in spring

The historic pump house in downtown Oregon was neglected for years but is now just a few months from opening as a  welcome center, according to an Oregon Observer report. ... Read More

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Second Annual Dane County Humane Society Tack Sale to be held at Oregon Middle School

According to a Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) release, the organization is inviting horse lovers to their second annual tack sale on March 8 at Oregon Middle School.

Attendees will be able to sell and shop for tack, equipment like saddles and stirrups used with horses. They can also learn about horses and how to help the DCHS build their new barn.

The sale takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is $1 for adults and free for children under 12.

Anonymous complaint leads police to driver allegedly on heroin

An Oregon man faces his second offense for operating while intoxicated after police received an anonymous complaint of a vehicle all over the road Sunday morning.

An Oregon police officer was notified of a vehicle all over the road on Highway 14 near Byrne Road around 10:45 a.m., according to a release. The officer stopped the vehicle on Highway 14 south of Highway MM.

During the traffic stop, the officer said the driver, Anthony J. Harried, 30, of Evansville, appeared to be under the influence and drug paraphernalia consistent with heroin was found inside.

Harried was arrested and will be tentatively charged with second-offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating while revoked.

Harried’s passenger, his sister, Danielle M. Harried, 22, also from Evansville, was arrested and will be tentatively charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Driver slumped over wheel; gas station clerk helps kids out of car

Driver slumped over wheel; gas station clerk helps kids out of car

A downtown Madison gas station clerk helped three children out of a parked car where the driver was seen slumped over the wheel Thursday morning, according to police.

Madison police said a concerned customer at the Kelley's Market at 636 W. Washington Ave. alerted the gas station clerk that a man was passed out in a car in the parking lot at 11:50 a.m.

Police said the employee brought the three young kids out of the cold and into the convenience store as police and fire paramedics responded to the car. Paramedics used Narcan, an anti-opiate drug used to reverse overdoses, and the driver, 30-year-old Mark A. Cox, of Oregon, regained consciousness.

Police said Cox had been in the store's restroom just before nodding off.

Cox was arrested on suspicion of three counts of neglecting a child, possession of drug paraphernalia and on a probation hold.

The three children were picked up by a trusted adult, according to the report.

 

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Former OHS student spends time volunteering in Nicaragua

Oregon High School graduate, McKenzie Parks, now attends Carthage College in Kenosha and spent time in Nicaragua as part of a study abroad program in January, according to an Oregon Observer report. 

Carthage College students travel to Nicaragua to volunteer with local physicians in clinics that lack basic medical equipment, Parks told the Observer... Read More

Oregon principal put on administrative leave resigns

Kelly Meyers has resigned as Oregon High School’s principal after being put on administrative leave in December.

Meyers submitted a letter of resignation effective immediately, Oregon Superintendent Brian Busler said in an email sent to parents Tuesday.

“We wish Ms. Meyers the best as she continues to address her medical concerns,” the email said.

Meyers was put on administrative leave after being arrested three times in December on suspicion of drunken driving.

Meyers had been on medical leaves since the beginning of the 2014-15 school year. She was originally supposed to return in February, but after finding out about the arrests, school officials put her on administrative leave.

Jason Wilhelm will continue in the role of interim principal through the end of the 2014-15 school year, the email said.

School district, police help solve driving issue near RCI

When he looked out his window toward Rome Corners Intermediate School to watch his daughter walk home to and from school, what Robert Zimmerman saw instead was trouble.

A resident of South Perry Parkway, Zimmerman lives in front of a crosswalk established a few years ago when athletic fields were moved closer to the school. The area had been set up to give students the right of way to cross before and after school, but what Zimmerman and his wife were increasingly seeing were drivers instead plowing through the intersection while students waited.

It was an accident waiting to happen, and he wasn’t about to let one occur... Read More